Do you follow George Takei on Facebook or Twitter? Who knew Sulu had such a humor? Or that George had such a background? He was one of many in the shameful Japanese Internment camps in the USA during World War II. In fact, the play Allegiance is based on the internment camps (not about George but the he is in it).
A recent post on George’s Facebook was in honor of Bob Fletcher who was one of the many unsung heroes of the time. He saved some of the farms that were being snatched from the rightful owners during this dark period of USA history.
Another beautiful person is Clara Breed, a San Diego Children’s librarian. I read the very extraordinary collection of letters, Dear Miss Breed, some years ago. Now you can view and read the some of the letters online from the Japanese American National Museum. She worked hard to get books and materials and just plain ol’love and acceptance to the kids in those camps. She also worked to get them out of the camps.
Love trumps hate. There will always be people working to right wrongs, helping those in need, protesting against injustice. And yes, there will be people creating the wrongs, ignoring the needs, and encouraging injustice. But in the end, good does triumph over evil. Always.
Have you ever seen the old Perry Mason series? The original black and white episodes with Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, and William Hopper? I was home with a broken limb over the holidays, started watching and quickly was addicted. Since then I have DVR’d the episodes to watch as I work out in the morning. Older shows are perfect for the morning work out since they lasted longer – episodes were 49 to 52 minutes each, leaving only 8 to 11 minutes for commercials (new shows today last only 40 to 46 minutes for the hour slot). Besides, it is rather fun to spot-the-future-star (Burt Reynolds, Barbara Eden, James Coburn)!
Anyway, back to Perry! The episode was The Case of the Bogus Books from September 27, 1962. That’s nearly 50 years ago.
The plot centered around, of course, a murder. Who was murdered? A nefarious book seller! Why nefarious? He had a successful venture stealing rare first editions from libraries and resell them! Just listening and watching the “Lady Librarian” (honest, that was how she was billed in the credits) and the Curator (not billed as “Male Curator” but just “Curator”) was both illuminating and strangely familiar. They discovered several libraries were missing the rare first editions of books – replaced by “worthless” third and fourth editions. Turns out the … oh wait, you probably want to watch it. I ought not ruin it for you.
I do love it when I find my profession in old movies, books, TV shows, etc. I like seeing how each generation viewed us. How the authors twist and turn our profession! Seeing this makes me think, did the stereotype come from popular culture or did popular culture reflect reality of the time? Regardless, it is rather nice to be thought of as very smart, very organized, and often, very sexy (I could live without the shhh thing though).
Technology can be marvelous. If this works as demo’d … oh boy!
Ever “lose” a book in the shelves? Ever have a shelver come to you to ask where a book is – because You are the Cataloger and Keeper Of All Knowledge of Where Books Live, then be disappointed because you cannot magically make the misshelved book appear? Well fret no more! The Augmented Reality App for Shelf Reading, developed by Miami University Augmented Reality Research Group is here!
Watch the Youtube piece, then if you going to be at ACRL Saturday, April 2, 2011, please go to The Library’s Swiss-Army Knife: Using Smart Phones For Information Discovery, Content Delivery, and Inventory Management session at 9:45 AM in room 201 B/C.
My little cataloger heart is going thump thump thump! Finally, something that ensures all the stuff is in the right place on the shelf! It also gives me an inventory of what is physically on the shelf! BONUS! I think the shelf readers might actually enjoy doing shelf reading with this fun tool – it’s almost a game.
The extremely talented author*, Lucy A. Snyder, has written a very interesting article for Horror World “More on Amazon Rank Tracking and Ebook Sales“. She has links within the article to previous articles on the same subject.
This is the first article I’ve seen from an author with actual analytics of the ‘success’ of the e-books. Lucy, a conscientious and thorough researcher, details her sales from Amazon on e-books. I urge you to go read it.
This fascinates me. I’ve been wondering who is buying all the e-books (other than libraries) since I hear how incredibly successful they are and how THEY WILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD. I do like e-books. I was a hard convert – it wasn’t until I got the iPhone and downloaded some free books from Gutenberg Press that I realized how lovely these books can be. I still prefer a paper version for reading but was overjoyed to have a book at my fingertips wherever I find myself in need (long line? waiting for your friend to join you at lunch? Open the e-book reader and enjoy!).
I knew there was spin in the marketing but these numbers flabbergasted me. “If you said it is so, it will be so” seems to be the mantra. I’m really not that much of a Luddite, I think e-books are waving us into the future. I think the ‘green’ nature of them (as well as the portability) will help on the road to success but I just don’t think we’re there yet. Again, I have to go back to $$$$. Not everyone has the $$$ to get a e-book reader. Not everyone has the $$$ to get any sort of electronic device to read e-books. Not everyone …well, you’ve heard that rant before.
Lucy’s final paragraph eloquently states my feeling:
So, bibliophiles can put down their Xanax prescriptions; everything’s fine. Ebooks aren’t crowding out the “real” books … they’re just giving readers a delightful variety of options. And that’s a beautiful thing.
*disclosure, Lucy and I have been friends since college but I do not use hyperbole to describe her. She is extremely talented, dedicated, and darned nice too. Oh and she’d be a great librarian – she has several cats already (oh come on! Stereotypes exist to mock).